Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The Defence Ministers of Greece, Egypt, and Cyprus met in Nicosia to boost cooperation between the countries.
Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Egyptian Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki attended the meeting, which was hosted by Cypriot Defence Minister Charalambos Petrides.
A joint statement from the three ministers said they agreed to "further cooperation in light of the emerging regional new threats," adding that the view of inviting other countries to the upcoming military exercises was adopted.
The statement condemned actions related to sovereignty rights and territorial integrity, in violation of international law.
"We are sending a strong message by making the decision to develop our relations with decisive cooperation. Other countries that share the same values and goals for the future of the region can participate in this cooperation."
Egyptian Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki said in a statement that the three ministers discussed how they can coordinate joint action against threats such as terrorism, illegal migration, and smuggling in the region.